These last days of school can be difficult, but we know you’ll hang in there. To help, we collected great tips and teacher hacks to make your classroom cleaner, your students happier, and your summer a little closer. These end-of-year teacher hacks will give you more time to enjoy all those great little classroom moments that you love about teaching.
1. Because Post-Its are so simple, yet so genius.
You can also encourage your students to make their own countdown with Post-Its.
2. Because some days are too hot when you don’t have an AC.
Hot days are ahead! And when your classroom has NO AC but gets sun ALLLLLL DAY you have to get creative 🤪 I have this bottle hanging by the door and as we enter the room from recess or PE I offer my kiddos two squirts. They can choose face, back of the neck, or both. THEY ARE OBSESSED! It is such a quick, easy, and cheap way to cool them off and keep all of us from having meltdowns 😂 #teacherhacks #kindergarten #kindergartenteacher #iteachk #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
This teacher knows how to keep her students cool!
3. Because you are NOT buying another box.
This is roughing it!
4. Because this is a great way to capture memories.
This was for Mother’s Day, but it’s a great idea for capturing favorite lessons, subjects, and school moments.
5. Because this is going to come in handy!
If you gave this as a gift to your teacher BFF, they’d love you forever.
6. Because you might need it one day!
🚨💡BRILLIANT IDEA ALERT🚨💡@mrslpaso says: "How many times have you heard “I lost the lid!” “The lid broke!” Etc etc etc? . We save every lid from our used up or dried out dry erase markers and glue sticks. This way when caps go “mysteriously missing” we can quickly save them from drying out! Crisis averted! (And more importantly less supplies I have to replace from my own pocket)" 📷: @mrslpaso #weareteachers #iteach #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teacherlife #teachertribe #teaching #teacher #lifeofateacher #teachergram #liveloveteach #teachinspo #proudtobeateacher #teachlove #teachertruth #teacherfun #teacherhumor #teachersbelike #teacherhack #teacheridea #hack #idea
This teacher saves all lost lids and caps so they can find their match again one day!
7. Because a hydration station is genius!
Warm weather is here and I am ready!! I saw this idea floating around on instagram last year and finally ordered a hanging shoe rack of my own because water bottles laying all over the place drive me nuts!! We have a drinking fountain in our room so not every kiddo brings a bottle (thank goodness) but now the few that do will be off my countertop and out of the way! The cute sign is from @teachcreatemotivate ‘s classroom decor bundle 😊 #kindergarten #classroomorganization #teacherhacks #classroomhacks #iteachk #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
Yes, this idea is definitely worth stealing.
8. Because you can’t take the arguing any longer.
You might as well just label them after all.
9. Because the learning is NOT over!
Put the power in their hands!
10. Because sometimes you just need to take it outside.
Yesterday it was SO nice out!!! I couldn't resist the opportunity to do our science lesson outside. 😊 #teachers#spring#springishere#FINALLY#feelslikesummer#thirdgrade #teacherhacks #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teach#teachersfollowingteachers #educate#educator#outsidelesson#outdoors#love#instalove#3rdgrade
When you have a gorgeous day, you have to take advantage of it!
11. Because it’s a great way to keep track of classroom jobs.
Who has two thumbs, and is in love with these classroom roles printables?! 📷: @teaching5thwithmissc #weareteachers #iteach #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teacherlife #teachertribe #teaching #teacher #lifeofateacher #teachergram #liveloveteach #teachinspo #proudtobeateacher #teachlove #teachertruth #teacherfun #teacherhumor #teachersbelike #teacherhack #teacheridea #hack #idea #classroomroles
You can get these name tags at the dollar store!
12. Because they should know by now.
Completed this positive behavior and habits chart today. Thanks to @owlaboutthatclass We'll see if we can use it to end the year strong!! #teach #teacher #teacherwin #teachergram #teacherhacks #anchorcharts #behavior #positivevibes #positivebehavior #educate #education #readingteacher #reading #readingrocks #blackgirlsteach #blackeducatorsrock #educatorsrock #teachlove #trainachild #wherearehisglasses #hecantseewithouthisglasses 😩😩 #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #summercomesoon #summerwhereareyou
A little reminder never hurts, though!
13. Because you wish you would’ve thought of this about seven months ago.
“Go check the No Name board,” you’ll say.
14. Because these memories are worth capturing.
It can be a lot of work to do projects like these, but they’re definitely worth it.
15. Because you never had the time to bake anyway.
Baking trays are great to use with magnetic letters as a sight word station 😀 Write the letters on the tray with permanent marker for easy pack up. Going to use these as a differentiated sight word activity 😊 #teacherhacks #aussieteachers #aussieteachertribe #downunderteachers #tptdownunder #sydneyteachers #nswteachers #teachersofigau #teachersofig #tpt #teacherspayteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #iteachk #iteachprep #iteachf #literacystation #literacycenters #sightwords
Cookie sheets make great learning tools!
16. Because you’d rather be at the beach.
This hack is all about treating yourself to make it through these last days!
17. Because you’ve tried every other way to assign partners.
No more arguing! Just use this trick instead.
18. Because everyone’s excited for summer.
I can't decide if I'm like "what?! Only 10 days left?!" Or if I'm like "what?! STILL 10 days left?!" 🤔 free balloon numbers and fun activity strips on my blog!!! 👉🏼 @teachcreatemotivate http://www.teachcreatemotivate.com/end-of-the-year-activities/ #classroommanagement #teachersofinstagram #endoftheyear
They will love watching you pop a balloon each day!
19. Because math … yeah, math.
It’s actually your trick to get them to clean the tables after, but they don’t have to know that!
20. Because it’s a good way to enforce the “no phones” rule.
How do you handle cell phones at your school? 📱 This is our “phone daycare.” . Phones go in here as soon as students arrive at school. This box sits on my desk this year, but I’ve also locked it up in the past. I’ve had no problems with this system, and kids seem to think it’s fun!! It’s simple and works well. . Note the armchair shaped bookend and stuffed penguin to keep the phones company ☺️
All phones should have to go to “day care.”
21. Because this makes our hearts melt.
Send one home with them to use over the summer, too.
22. Because it might help you keep your sanity, which is wearing thin.
“I want the desks to stay where they are!”
23. Because it’ll add color to your learning.
sick of laminating and cutting?! I'm loving the fact I can write sight words on the cards and they're strong enough to not have to laminate. plus, they come with tearing edges which is avoiding having to even cut! my love for bunnings paintcards knows no bounds! #teacherhack #aussieteachers #sightwords #iteachtoo 🙌🏼🙌🏼
Those sight words just got more fun to practice!
24. Because we have to conserve when it’s the end of the year.
This will help make your supplies last!
25. Because it’s better than “1-2-3, eyes on me.”
This handy guy has been a life-saver! He’s saved my voice more times than I can count. Just click and you have an instant attention getter. Best part? Over 50 jingles to choose from! 😱 Best Best part?? Hide it in your pocket and your kids think you’re magic! 😏 Amazon has a ton of options.. go get you a #wirelessdoorbell and enjoy the break from those call-backs that don’t always do the trick by the end of the year. 🤷🏼♀️ • • #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #iteachfirst #teacherhack #classroommusthave #istillneedamani
Every teacher should have one of these!
26. Because everything needs a recharge.
All the rolling cart feels today 😍 🛒 @imthediyteacher and @thehungryteacher5th have such neat ideas for these beauties from Michael’s/IKEA! I have one that I use as my “desk” but would SO love to have another! Do you have a rolling cart in your room?? How do you use it? . . . . . . . . . . . . . #organizedteachers #teachertricks #teacherhacks #teacherhack #teachersfollowteachers #teachersfollowingteachers #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teachertribe #texasteachertribe #iteachtoo
Give this job to one of your students to check daily.
27. Because it keeps it all in one spot!
Those puff balls are another good dollar store buy!
28. Because it’s a good way to engage students.
Put your students in charge!
29. Because end-of-year encouragement is so valuable.
Get students to encourage each other, too.
30. Because … this … we just need more of this.
Give yourself a recharge as much as possible.
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